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2003-02-19: Genevieve Maynard, Ghost Notes

Beat Magazine
by Andrew Murfett

One record that has been out for a little while is this debut effort from Genevieve Maynard (Bughouse, Stella One Eleven). This is an accomplished effort and quite an immediate listen. Maynard has taken a particularly hands-on feel to "Ghost Notes" with credits including songwriting, guitar, production, bass, as well as engineering and programming. This goes some way to explaining the heartfelt texture of the album. Anyone who has seen Stella One Eleven live will be familiar with her beautiful vocal tones.

"Ghost Notes" has a wonderful sense of subtlety that is both delicate and enchanting. Basically, after hearing the album, you want to get to know her more. Long time fans of Maynard will notice the inclusion of some older tracks such as the pop-tastic "Johnny Lee", the acoustic pop of "Steer Clear" and the electronic "Fifteen Letters" from her previous EP. You may have heard current single "Jackie In The Morning" from its appearance on Rolling Stone magazine's year-end disc and airplay on alternative radio. It is a fine track bringing her usual subtleties with a rocking edge. She may not like the comparison, but "Bulletproof" reminds this reviewer of some of Aimee Martin's work.

Ghost Notes is no doubt a somewhat painstaking labor of love for Maynard. Maynard is starting to get some great support from the right places and "Ghost Notes" may be the beginning of something very special for this Sydney based veteran performer. Watch This Space.

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